Series: Falling #3
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 14, 2014
Format: eBook, 441 pages pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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My name is Colton Calloway. You've heard part of my story, but it turns out there's more. My little girl, Kylie, is all grown up. Seventeen, beautiful, and talented, just like her mother. And just like Nell, my daughter seems to have fallen for a bad boy, one with a lot of darkness and a lot of secrets.
You thought you knew the whole story. You thought it was over. Happily ever after for everyone.
You were wrong.
My name is Oz Hyde, and you’ve never met me. I’m part of the story, too, but I’m an aside, a quick line or two you’d all but forgotten about. Well guess what? I’ve got my own story to tell.
Buckle up, ‘cause this is gonna be a hell of a bumpy ride.
Jasinda Wilder’s Falling series is one of the first new adult series I read and it’s no surprise it remains one of my favorites to this day. You can only imagine how excited I was to learn she was releasing a super secret book set years in the future, but with the same characters. I cleared my plate of all other things and immediately dived in and only stopped reading to go to work. I devoured it on release day and I’m not at all sorry about it.
Falling Under is the story of Kylie Calloway and Oz Hyde. Kylie is the daughter of Colton and Nell from Falling Into You. Oz Hyde is the “bad boy” she becomes acquainted with while taking college classes. This book is told from dual perspectives, but not Kylie and Oz’s as you would expect. Instead, Jasinda offers a fresh twist and tells this one from Colton and Oz’s perspective. I wasn’t sure how that would work out, or what the ultimate reason for doing it was (though I had a fear that THANKFULLY was wrong), but I can’t imagine this story told any other way.
As I’ve come to expect from Jasinda’s books, I fell in love with her characters immediately. While we don’t get Kylie’s POV, we learn all about her from her dad and from Oz. She was sheltered and innocent, but not unrealistically so. She was very intelligent and musically-inclined. She had goals. She was the daughter of two relatively-famous musicians, but she was determined to make her own way. I absolutely adored her. There’s no other way to say it.
Oz was wonderful. A bad boy with a past and tattoos that spell it out, he’s not necessarily the guy a parent would want his seventeen year old daughter spending time with. He had some self-destructive habits that were particularly concerning to Colton and Nell. He was older, but he was very cognizant of the line he was unwilling to cross with Kylie. He thought she deserved more than him and didn’t want to drag her down, regardless of how he was attracted to her and regardless of the connection they shared. He was a really great guy with a genuinely good heart. He was into music, too, but his tastes ran more towards angry metal than the country Kylie listened to. They started as friends, quickly partnered up to make music and eventually grew into something real and beautiful.
There aren’t words for how much I loved Colton as a daddy. I loved Colton and Nell, so it was wonderful to catch up with them again in this book. They’re still the characters I fell head over heels for in Falling Into You, but they’ve matured and I think I love them even more as parents. Colton’s chapters were powerful. It was easy to see how conflicted he was about Kylie and Oz and, more than that, it was understandable. He wanted better for his daughter, but he recognizes the similarities between Oz and himself at a younger age. His life wouldn’t be what it is today if someone hadn’t given him a chance to prove there was more to him than met the eye. Through it all, he recognized how deeply the two felt for each other and the way their actions reflected the depth of those feelings. How could that be wrong?
The other character I just have to mention is Ben. His parents are Becca and Jason from Falling Into Us. I just loved Ben, even with his faults. He’s Kylie’s next door neighbor and best friend. He has been in love with her for years, but was waiting until she was older to tell her. He waited too long. Colton came along and he didn’t stand a chance. It broke my heart in some ways, but Kylie and Colton were so right together, and I couldn’t feel too bad about it. Ben was a complicated guy. He had a temper that got him into trouble, but I still adored him. I can’t wait until he gets his own book. There’s so much more to know about him.
Can you tell the characters are really the driving force behind my love for this series? I could gush about them forever. But the storyline was incredible, too. It fit so nicely into the Falling series, but despite the parallels between Colton and Oz, I never felt like I was reading a story I already knew. Now, there’s a pretty GIGANTIC reveal in this book that I figured out from the beginning. (OK, I guessed it was one of two things and thankfully it was the one I could live with.) But, I can understand how it would take a reader by surprise. Even though I figured it out, the implications were not lost on me. It took my breath away.
Falling Under was the total package for me. It brought back characters I love and let me get to know them in a completely different setting. It was romantic and sweet and sexy. It focused on friendship, family, love and the future. It was flawless. I felt all the feels. I used about half a box of tissues. I ended all but hugging my iPad and with a giant, goofy, satisfied grin on my face. I loved everything about it and thank Jasinda for giving readers another story to fall in love with.
Because music is always such an important part of Jasinda’s books, and this series in particular, so I felt compelled to make a Spotify playlist with the music listed at the end of the book. Some of it is inspiration, some is actually in the book. Not all the songs were available on Spotify, but the bulk of them were. Enjoy it. 🙂